Coming off this week's cover story on the union organizing drive at the Sitel call center, this is a discussion thread for any topic related to jobs, wages, and working conditions in Asheville.
Asheville (and the surrounding counties) have a growing economy, an educated population and relatively low unemployment. At the same time, wages are low — the typical worker in Buncombe County makes $97 a week less than the state average — and the cost of living relatively high.
Some of the Sitel employees are pushing for a union in response to complaints about low wages and bad working conditions. Is that approach needed elsewhere in Asheville or is it not the right solution? What working conditions do you see and what would you like to see change? What issues do you see with Asheville's economy? What concerns aren't talked about in public enough?
Discussion on any of those topics, or others related to work, welcome in the comments below.